The Blacklist (2013– )
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A mysterious beauty on the run from unknown assailants accidentally crosses paths with Reddington and enlists his help to fight back against her attackers.


Michael W. Watkins (as Michael Watkins)


Jon Bokenkamp (created by), Daniel Knauf | 3 more credits »

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
James Spader ... Raymond 'Red' Reddington
Megan Boone ... Elizabeth Keen (credit only)
Diego Klattenhoff ... Donald Ressler (credit only)
Ryan Eggold ... Tom Keen
Amir Arison ... Aram Mojtabai (credit only)
Mozhan Marnò ... Samar Navabi (credit only)
Hisham Tawfiq ... Dembe Zuma (credit only)
Harry Lennix ... Harold Cooper (credit only)
Lotte Verbeek ... Katarina Rostova
Piter Marek ... Nik Korpal
Reathel Bean Reathel Bean ... Officer Duncan
George Bartenieff George Bartenieff ... Man on the Beach
Evander Duck Jr. ... Cab Driver
Norma Chu Norma Chu ... Mama Lu Chang
Kay Walbye Kay Walbye ... Ida Albright


Red is despondent over Liz's death that he decides to go to Cape May in New Jersey. He goes to the beach and he sees a woman trying to kill herself. He saves her and breaks into a house to help her. When he asks her why she tried to kill herself, she refuses to say anything until he tells her what's up with him. So he tells her about Liz and what he did. Written by

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Release Date:

21 April 2016 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


Just before Reddingtom (James Spader) the mystery woman prepare for their attackers, there is a shot of an American flag blowing in the wind. The flag is upside down. This is a sign of distress. See more »


Reddington throws his hat off while running to rescue the redhead who dove into the ocean. He pulls her out just beyond the surf, clears her lungs, and then puts his hat under her head, but his hat was nowhere near them. See more »


Raymond 'Red' Reddington: Have you ever seen the aftermath of a suicide bombing?
Mysterious Woman: We're wasting time.
Raymond 'Red' Reddington: I have. June 29th, 2003. I was meeting two associates at the Marouche restaurant in Tel Aviv. As my car was pulling up, a 20-year-old Palestinian named Ghazi Safar entered the restaurant and detonated a vest wired with C-4
Mysterious Woman: Let me go.
Raymond 'Red' Reddington: The shock wave knocked me flat, blew out my eardrums. I couldn't hear. The smoke... It was like being under water. I went inside. A nightmare. Blood, parts of people. You could tell where ...
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Gripping episode, one of the series' best
9 September 2016 | by plazalizSee all my reviews

This was an outstanding episode in every way, necessary for the transitioning of the storyline into one without a central member of the cast, and I couldn't disagree more with the low reviews. I'm not a critic, not in the "business" or even in a career where outstanding writing skills are necessary to excel, but I am someone who really appreciates good acting and watching quality television and movies. I respectfully disagree with the reviewer who wrote that Cape May was a cheap attempt to knock off the Kevin Finnerty episode of The Sopranos and failed. The Cape May episode had a completely different point, went in another direction, and left The Sopranos episode in its wake, both in the writing and acting.

It is so rare that a series offers more than the usual 3 minutes to explain away a death and attempt to placate the audience with a completely unsatisfactory glimpse of the emotional toll it's taken on the characters. The production quality of Cape May was quite different from previous episodes and reminded me of the European series that are so popular such as the Swedish/Danish versions of Wallander and The Bridge. The ethereal visual effects created a beautifully haunting overcast that was somber but peaceful. The suspenseful moments didn't feel like being smacked with a baseball bat but gradually built the tension to a gratifying climax, the violence not gruesome but understated and imaginative, a distinctive Hitchcockian vibe. The ending was intriguing, my curiosity heightened. It was perfect.

James Spader's facial expressions spoke volumes. I still have the feeling that Reddington is misunderstood by many, that his motivation for protecting his charge was not selfish, and that there is a big piece of the puzzle missing, hopefully yet to emerge. His character has been so intriguing, his vast reserve of anecdotes build a desire to know more about his origin, how he evolved, how his close friendships were established, where he's been, why he does what he does, and what he believes is his actual purpose. I hope the writers continue to dig deep into their creative reserves and gradually give us a little more of Raymond Reddington as well as the other main characters. I hope the networks and fans give The a Blacklist time to grow into this new direction.

Almost immediately I thought I knew who the other main character of the episode plot was supposed to be, and I was not disappointed. She did an excellent job, presented the caliber of acting the show deserves and for the most part has received from the main cast, with the exception of the one who will not be returning (unless there is a ridiculous daytime-soap plot twist like the miraculous appearance of a twin). One reviewer expressed bitterness over her departure, but many fans of the show felt she was a major drain on the series, never fit the part or grew into the character. I don't believe most of the fans meant to be unkind to the actor, they just didn't understand why someone who so obviously struggles with acting would be placed in such a prominent role. I've read many forum comments where the members express little doubt that she is probably a wonderful and gifted person with numerous talents and friends. There was a general consensus that she was way out of her league, but I'm sure every decent viewer wishes her nothing but the best.

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